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Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield Reverses Course

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield has agreed to reverse a decision made last month to no longer cover services oncological patients receive from facilities run by Integrated Medical Professionals of Farmingdale. Its 52 locations serviced 1300 Long Islanders, including East Enders who already had to drive up the island to find a facility to receive treatment.…

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Exposure to CyberKnife Advertising is Associated with Over-Estimation of Objective Benefits Compared with other Prostate Cancer Treatments

There has been increased direct-to-consumer advertising for Cyberknife (CK), a brand of stereotactic radiotherapy for prostate cancer. Evidence comparing CyberKnife with other prostate cancer therapies is limited. Columbia University Medical Center physicians hypothesized that those viewing CyberKnife advertisements would have inaccurate impressions regarding its effectiveness and safety.…

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Empire Blue Cross/ Blue Shield drops another provider from some plans

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield said about 7,000 patients of a Farmingdale-based urology and radiation oncology practice have been notified their doctors are being taken out of the network. Dr. Deepak Kapoor says “We have decades of doctor-patient relationships impacted,” and continued “Our hope is we can talk to the insurer and work it out like adults.” Read about how this BC/BS decision will impact patients.

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